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Re: Freedmen Roll DOES indicate "Indian blood"

In researching my ancestors, I found that on the 1885 Choctaw Adoption Census, some of my relatives' nationalities were listed as "Black and Red." Of course, on the Dawes Roll, they were listed in the "Freedman" category.

So I was wondering whether anyone has been able to "prove" to any of the tribes that you are eligible for membership based upon the documentation from an earlier census or other primary source document such as the one to which I have referred?

I know that the Choctaw Constitution states that to be eligible for membership, one must be on the Dawes Rolls and be a Choctaw "by blood" though it doesn't say what the documentation source needs to be nor that it must only come based upon the category that the relative was listed on the Dawes Rolls. Is this a loophole that would allow someone to press a claim of "by blood" relationship with the tribe?

Would this type of earlier document be enough to pursue an application for "by blood" membership? I don't want to waste my time and just get frustrated if doing so would not have any chance of success in terms of providing "acceptable" proof to the tribe.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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